For LGBTQ religious people, Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday. Many who come from faith traditions that are not yet LGBTQ inclusive find that friends, family, and community membership are not able to celebrate the love they have found. For too many, this prompts a sense of having to choose between two equally important identities, and makes remaining in faith traditions difficult.
Thankfully, this Valentine’s Day, a Catholic, faith-based coalition is working to spread a different message. Equally Blessed is motivated by a vision of a church where homophobia has no place, where all people – and all the love they find – are celebrated. Amelia Blanton – coordinator of Equally Blessed – and her staff created provocative images that they have been spreading across social media platforms today, images which offer a desperately needed message of hope and healing for the Catholic Church. “My church may need reform,” says a pink-and-red, cathedral-adorned graphic, “but, honey, you were made in God’s image.”